Public courses

We offer three types of courses: Professional courses (P) are aimed at statisticians and data scientists and explore technical models and applications in detail; our Intermediate courses (I) require some pre knowledge of either basic statistics or a programming language and our Foundation courses (F) require no pre knowledge and help non-statisticians to understand the basics of statistics and data analysis by explaining statistical concepts. Typically, delegates for these courses are users of statistics, people who have an interest in data, or someone whose job is increasingly reliant on interpreting data.

All courses are developed and delivered using the expertise we have as a renowned professional society and as such, we enjoy a reputation as a trusted training provider.

Software training

Intro to R


Statistical Modelling


Programming in R


Data Carpentry


These courses are delivered in Scotland by Jumping Rivers and Codeclan. The content of these courses is also delivered within other RSS courses delivered outside Scotland.
Professional development

Consultancy Skills (F)


Effective Analytical Leadership (F)


Economic Statistics

Understanding data and basic statistics


National Accounts


These courses are provided by the Economic Statistics Working Group of which RSS is a member

Basic Statistics: Understanding and Analysing Data (F)
Jenny Freeman
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


9 - 10 September 2019 - Manchester

11 - 13 November 2019 - London (3 day course)

6 - 7 February 2020 - London

18-19 November 2020 - London

Tutor: Ellen Marshall

4-5 June 2020 - London

This two day course aims to help delegates understand some basic statistical concepts and develop a strategy for approaching a simple data analysis.

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Identifying Trends and making Forecasts (F)
Nigel Marriott
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


5 November 2019 - London

31 March 2020 - London

13 October 2020 - London

This course illustrates the basic practice for summarising and measuring trends as well as the best methods to extrapolate trends into a forecast.

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Presenting Data (F)
Ed Swires-Hennessy
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


Online course

14 November 2019 - London

14 July 2020 - London

This one day course illustrates the basic principles of presenting data in tables, charts, maps and text, equipping participants with the knowledge to disseminate statistical messages in clear, accurate and meaningful ways.

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Data Visualisation (F)
Alan Smith
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


9-10 June 2020 - London

This introductory course provides the background context, essential theory and practical guidance needed to develop confidence in using data visualisation effectively.

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Intermediate Statistics using Excel (I)
Jenny Freeman
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


28 November 2019 - London

Ellen Marshall
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


4 December 2020 - London

This course teaches delegates how to easily use Excel to carry out two of the most important statistical methods for analysing data, Multiple linear regression and Analysis of variance.

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Introduction to Bayesian Statistics (I)
Richard Morey
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


17-18 March 2020 - London

Bayesian statistics has become a standard approach for many applied statisticians across a wide variety of fields due to its conceptual unity, clarity and practical benefits. However, because training in Bayesian methods is often not a standard part of research curricula, the benefits of Bayesian statistics have been slower to reach applied researchers. This two-day course aims to provide a working knowledge of Bayesian statistics for interested researchers.

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Big Data: tools and statistical methods (I)
Mark Briers
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


19-20 May 2020 - London

The objective of this two-day course is to train statistically-minded practitioners in the use of common Big Data tools, with an emphasis on the use of advanced statistical methods for analysis. The course will focus on the application of statistical methods in the processing platforms Hadoop and Spark and will highlight how these can be effectively used to analyse data at scale.

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The essentials of Survey Research Design (F)
Dr Pamella Campanelli
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


19 - 20 September 2019 - London

This course looks at each of the quality areas for producing a successful and efficient quantitative survey. It covers all the major methods of data collection (quantitative interviewing, web and paper self-completion) as well as all the key aspects of the survey process from initial design through implementation through post-field processing.

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Advanced programming in R (P)
Colin Gillespie and Jamie Owen
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


12 - 13 December 2019 - London

Jumping Rivers
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


15 - 16 December 2020 - London

This two day course is primarily aimed at R users who do not have a formal background in computing, focusing on conditional programming structures, functional programming, and S3 and S4 objects.

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Introduction to R (F)
Colin Gillespie & Jamie Owen
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


This one day course focuses on entering, working with and visualising data in R.

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Introduction to R & Statistical Modelling in R (I)
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


25 - 26 September 2019 - Manchester

20 - 21 November 2019 - London

14 - 15 May 2020 - London

10 - 11 November 2020 - London

This two day course focuses on entering, working with and visualising data (Day 1), as well as regression modelling in R, including linear, general logistic and survival models (Day 2).

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Introduction to Machine Learning in R (P)
Colin Gillespie and Jamie Owen
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


22 - 23 October 2019 - London

Jumping Rivers
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


18-19 February 2020 - London

20-21 October 2020 - London

This is a two day course covering the fundamentals of machine learning and the methodology for applying these to real-world analytics problems. The course outlines the stages involved in a machine learning analysis, and walks through how to perform them using the R programming language and the caret library. Participants will be provided with exercises to complete through the course in order to gain hands-on experience in using the methods presented.

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Introduction to Python (F)
Presenter: Rob Mastrodomenico
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


17 - 18 October 2019 - London

20-21 February 2020 - London

22-23 September 2020 - London

This course is intended to be an Introduction to the Python programming language. Through the use of taught material and practical examples, participants will build up the skills needed to perform data analysis using Python.

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Interactive Visualisation (P)
Martin John Hadley
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


21-22 April 2020 - London

This course will introduce two technologies that will fundamentally change your use of R for data presentation on the web: html widgets and Shiny. This course will show you how easy it can be to build interactive charts, maps, datatables with html widgets and how to quickly and easily build sophisticated interactive applications with Shiny.

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Programming in R (I)
Colin Gillespie and Jamie Owen
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


1 - 2 October 2019 - London

Jumping Rivers
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


15-16 September 2020 - London

The course is a two day intensive course on programming principles in R. On completion of the course participants will gain experience in a range of programming techniques for the R programming language.

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Handling data with Python (I)
Rob Mastrodomenico
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


7 - 8 November 2019 - London

12 -13 November 2020 - London

Python is a great all round language for many things, with one of its strengths being that it is able to deal with data. Data comes in all forms from files of various type, websites, API’s and databases. This course intends to introduce the participant to these areas and show them how to deal with data in a variety of different forms.

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Publishing quality charts in R with ggplot2 (I)
Martin John Hadley
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


29 - 30 October 2019 - London

27 - 28 October 2020 - London

This course will introduce how the tidyverse and ggplot2 can be used to reproducibly create publication quality charts from R

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Interactive dashboards & web apps using R & Shiny (P)
Martin John Hadley
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


2 - 3 July 2019 - London

1-2 July 2020 - London

This course will introduce how to create interactive dashboards and web applications using R and Shiny. It will also cover how to design responsive web applications that seamlessly work on mobile devices.

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Introduction to Bayesian Analysis using Stan (P)
Robert Grant
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


9 - 10 July 2019 - London

7-8 July 2020 - London

This course introduces the Stan software to Bayesian modelling. You will learn the Stan model language, various useful models and ways of critiquing and justifying your model-building decisions. The course will introduce the idea of a probabilistic programming language where models for our data are typed up for analysis in a coded form.

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Introduction to modern Generalised Additive Models (P)
Dr. Matteo Fasiolo and Prof. Simon Wood
Level - Professional
CPD 6 hours


27 June 2019 - London

16 June 2020 - London

Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) are highly useful for both predictive and inferential purposes in a variety of scientific and commercial applications. GAMs are proving popular because they strike a balance between flexibility and interpretability while being able to handle large data sets.

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Spatial Data Analysis in R
Colin Gillespie and Jamie Owen
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


27 September 2019 - Manchester

As spatial datasets get larger and more sophisticated software needs to be harnessed for their analysis. R is now a widely used open source software platform for working with spatial data thanks to its powerful analysis and visualisation packages.

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Mastering the Tidyverse (I)
Colin Gillespie and Jamie Owen
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


The Tidyverse is essential for any statistician or data scientist who deals with data on a day-to-day basis. By focusing on small key tasks, the Tidyverse suite of packages removes the pain of data manipulation.

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Programming in R
2 May 2019 - Glasgow

8 November 2019 - Edinburgh

One day course teaching fundamental techniques like functions for loops, conditional expressions and when to use them.

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Intro to R
29 March 2019 - Edinburgh

26 April 2019 - Glasgow

4 October 2019 - Edinburgh

18 October 2019 - Edinburgh

This is a one-day intensive course on R and assumes no prior knowledge. By the end of the course, participants will be able to import, summarise and plot their data.

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Statistical Modelling
3 May 2019 - Glasgow

8 November 2019 - Edinburgh

One day course teaching R’s fundamental modelling techniques, from hypotheses tests, ANVOA tables, regression analysis, to more sophisticated methods such as clustering and principal components analysis (PCA).

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Data Carpentry
30 April 2019 - Glasgow

25 October 2019 - Edinburgh

This course covers key aspects of the tidyverse, including dplyr, lubridate, tidyr and tibbles. It will help you take the pain out of data manipulation by leveraging the tidyverse.

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Longitudinal and Missing Data (P)
Geert Verbeke and Geert Molenberghs
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


26 - 27 September 2019 - London

This two-day course examines model formulation, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing, whilst also focusing on the distinction between the random-effects (hierarchical) model and the implied marginal model.

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Multilevel Modelling (P)
Harvey Goldstein and George Leckie
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


5 - 6 December 2019 - London

This two-day course is designed to give participants an introduction to the theory and application of multilevel regression models for clustered or hierarchical data using the MLwiN statistical software package.

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Survival Analysis (P)
D Collett
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


17 - 18 September 2019

6-7 October 2020 - London

This two day course describes some of the more advanced methods of survival analysis and illustrates their practical application using SAS and R.

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Extreme Value Statistics
Janet Heffernan & Harry Southworth
Level - Professional
CPD 6 hours


26 - 27 November 2019 - London

This course covers the theory and associated statistical methods which form the cornerstone of this subject and which enable extrapolation to levels beyond those already observed in a dataset.

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Bayesian Meta-Analysis
Robert Grant
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


15-16 October 2020 - London

This course will be of interest to evidence-based researchers, including those writing guidelines and evaluating policies. .

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Consultancy Skills (F)
Roland Caulcutt and Julie Bullen
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


3 March 2020 - London

This is a highly participative and practical two day training course for statisticians who wish to improve their consultancy skills with non-statistical clients.

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Effective Analytical Leadership (F)
Duncan Miles & Denis Greer
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


10 - 11 October 2019 - London

This two day course explores the required range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the changing global business agenda.

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ISO18404 Lead Auditors (P)
Tony Bendell
Level - Professional
CPD 18 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This course is a Lead Auditor course for qualified and practicing Lead Auditors who wish to be involved in auditing organisations against ISO18404:2015. It is mandatory for nominated Lead Auditors from ISO/IEC 17021 accredited certification bodies who are participating in the Royal Statistical Society scheme for the certification of an organisation’s management system which meet BS ISO 18404: 2015, who are required to satisfactorily pass the course. Other appropriately qualified and practicing Lead Auditors may attend as delegates.

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Applying ISO18404 & Preparing Your Organisation for Certification (F)
Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This two-day workshop introduces the ISO18404 standard for Lean and Six Sigma, which was published on 1 December 2015, and explains how organisations and individuals should prepare for certification against it.

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Assessment Centre for Lean & Six Sigma
18 February 2019 - London

The ISO18404 Assessment Centres run by the Royal Statistical Society ISO18404 Sector Scheme provide the opportunity for qualified and experienced Lean and Six Sigma personnel to verify their competences against the requirements of, and gain certification for, Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Lean Leader or Lean Expert status under the ISO18404 international standard.

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Preparation for individual certification of Lean & Six Sigma under ISO18404

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This workshop introduces the ISO18404 standard for Lean and Six Sigma, which was published on 1 December 2015, and explains how individuals should prepare for certification against it. The course discusses the arrangements for the certification of practitioners, including Green, Black & Master Black Belts and Lean Practitioners, Leaders and Experts with the first certifications commencing in December 2016. A mixture of presentations, discussions and delegate exercises are used to explore applicability of such certification and the options available. Participating delegates are given the opportunity to explore possible implementation choices and options within their own organisations.

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Understanding Data & Basic Statistics
Tutor: Mary O'Mahoney

28-29 November 2019

This practical, two-day workshop presents an overview of the manipulations of data that are often required prior to statistical analysis. Topics will include dealing with outliers, combining data from different sources, calculating annual average growth rates, weighting and smoothing data and constructing indexes. It also covers basic statistical methods used in describing data such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and the use of dummy variables in regression analysis.

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National Accounts
Tutor: Francois Lequiller

9-11 December 2019

This course is aimed at non-experts and is based on the second edition of the OECD manual "Understanding National Accounts". While the course covers the theoretical definitions of the main national accounts aggregates, it does it in a lively manner based on the concrete experience of the teacher.

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RSS members enjoy a discount on all our public courses – join online today. If you’re not a RSS member, you can take advantage of our early booking discount or the multiple booking discounts (if booking more than three places).

Delegates on our courses who are newly qualified researchers can apply to NCRM for bursaries of up to £500 to help with course fees, travel and accommodation. Click here for more information

Contact: Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 3947, Email: training@rss.org.uk, Fax: +44 (0)20 7614 3905